Job summary

The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy service provides an outpatient service to adults within Bristol and South Gloucestershire, and adults and children (> 5 years old) within North Somerset. This includes the responsibility to seek advice as necessary from the Physiotherapy team and wider Interface service. The successful candidate will consolidate and develop learnt knowledge, whilst developing new skills to an advanced level, in a variety of musculoskeletal settings.

The post holder will work as an autonomous practitioner within the MSK Physiotherapy Service to provide comprehensive assessment, clinical diagnosis, design, and delivery of evidence-based treatment plans for patients with highly complex and diverse presentations.

The musculoskeletal service forms part of the specialist services that are provided under the community NHS contract. The service is set within primary care and receives referrals from GPs, Consultants and other healthcare professionals. The Core MSK Physiotherapy hours are Monday to Friday between and (excluding Bank Holidays), both in clinics and via a telephone/video assessment service.

This post is based across BNSSG , with vacancies in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol locations.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be highly competent in assessing a wide range of MSK conditions based on comprehensive theoretical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

You will need to recognise potentially sinister signs and symptoms and contra-indications to treatment and manage these appropriately. This may involve referring on for further investigations.

Carry out a skilled physiotherapy intervention drawing upon wide ranging evidence base and problem-solving professional knowledge and skills, including specific techniques and tests, gained through specific training and practical experience.

To evaluate relevant information regarding all aspects of patient care ( test results, assessments from other health professionals, along with the results of own assessment) to develop a clinical diagnosis, prognosis and expected response to treatment

The post may involve assessing and treating paediatric patients, depending on post location, but appropriate training and support will be provided to enable the candidate to deliver this.

The post holder will supervise junior physiotherapist, students and physiotherapy assistants and provide education and training to groups of staff and colleagues as required.

To keep accurate and comprehensive written records, to include reports to medical referrers, adhering to Physiotherapy department and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy standards to comply with professional and legal accountability.

About us

Ever dreamt about a career that sparks excitement and fosters your professional growth? Picture yourself waking up eager to make a real difference in our community, surrounded by teams who value your unique ideas.

We are Sirona care & health – England’s largest provider of Adult’s and Children’s Community Services and we’d love for you to join us in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire.

Agenda for Change Salary, full NHS benefits, 27+ days’ annual leave, and participation in the NHS Pension Scheme – just a glimpse of the benefits you’ll receive.

We welcome and encourage all applicants. We are committed to having a workforce that reflects the communities we support and are proactively seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce. We know diversity fosters creativity and innovation.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where all belong. We aim to draw upon the widest possible range of views and experiences to meet the changing needs of our colleagues, partners and communities we serve.

Whether you’re starting your journey in healthcare, looking for a fresh challenge within the NHS, or contemplating a career change, don’t be daunted by the prospect of something different – we create development opportunities for all our colleagues and apprentices.

Interested? View our benefits leaflet which you can find attached to this vacancy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read attached Job description and person specification. You can find this in the attachments section of this advert.

Person Specification



  • Previous experience of working as an MSK Physiotherapist
  • Desirable

  • Evidence of CPD related to MSK physiotherapy
  • To be able to travel independently between sites
  • Qualifications


  • Diploma/ degree in physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Desirable

  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • M level modules or MSc in related subject
  • Member of relevant specialist interest group.